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International relations alumna Molly Beckert sits with students during lunchtime at the Awoo Primary School in Gulu, Uganda. Echoing Good, the nonprofit Beckert founded, raised funds to create a farm and lunch program at the school. Photos courtesy of Molly Beckert.

Echo Effect

November 7, 2013

While studying abroad in the northern Uganda city of Gulu, Molly Beckert learned that children were dropping out of the nearby primary school at a high rate. “Families were faced with the decision of whether to send…

USC Dornsife launches a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in GeoDesign — the first of its kind in the world — led by John Wilson, director of Spatial Sciences Institute. Photo by Susan Bell.

Mapping a Better World

November 5, 2013

Population growth, rapid urbanization, meeting water and energy needs, biological conservation and climate change — these are some of the most difficult and enduring challenges facing the world today. Finding innovative…

USC Dornsife's Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs, addresses the first Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland. More than 1,000 participants from 40 nations attended the conference. Photo courtesy of AlaskaDispatch.com.

In from the Cold

October 29, 2013

As climate change melts the polar ice caps, threatening wildlife, disrupting the food chain and affecting indigenous cultures, it has also created economic opportunities by opening up new shipping routes and accelerated the…

Mark Thompson, professor of chemistry, materials science and environmental sciences at USC Dornsife, speaks at the recent UCLA-USC-Caltech Nanotechnology & Nanomedicine Symposium about his groundbreaking research on nanoribbon biosensor chips for cancer diagnosis. Photo by Emily Bieghler.

Tiny Technology — Huge Results

October 28, 2013

Sometimes the smallest tools are required to tackle the biggest problems. At the forefront of innovative research on cancer treatment and regenerative medicine, experts from the top research institutions in the greater Los…

Nobel Laureate George Olah of USC Dornsife (right) receives a portrait of himself by the well-known Hungarian painter Kornél Zámbó from Hungarian Consul General László Kálmán of Los Angeles (left) and Ambassador Dán Károly, the consul general of the Hungarian consulate in New York. Photo by Janna Gould.

Honors from Their Other Homes

October 23, 2013

George A. Olah, a Nobel laureate and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, and G. K. Surya Prakash, professor of chemistry and director of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, are having a busy week. Shortly before…

George Olah (left) and G.K. Surya Prakash receive the 2013 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize award in recognition of their proposal to use methanol to replace fossil fuels and petroleum-based feedstocks.

Olah and Prakash Receive $1 Million for Fuel Research

October 16, 2013

George Olah and G.K. Surya Prakash, pillars of the chemistry department at USC Dornsife, have received a first-ever $1 million prize from the State of Israel for their innovative research on alternative fuels. Olah, a Nobel…

USC Dornsife's Charles McKenna and Myron Goodman research crystal structures for the repair enzyme, DNA polymerase beta (seen here). The enzyme contains an inhibitor molecule (shown in yellow) which forms a complex with DNA. It is designed to selectively block polymerase beta DNA synthesis to kill cancer cells, while ensuring survival of normal cells. Image courtesy of Boris Kashemirov.

Killing Cancer

October 16, 2013

Chemotherapy offers cancer patients hope of a cure, or at least of remission. The problem with the treatment is that all too often a hard-won remission is only temporary. “A typical pattern is that people take the drug,…

As part of the the Garden Gateway Nutrition Program (GGNP), residents of South Los Angeles prepare edible gardens at a local community garden. GGNP is one of many programs supported in part by the USC Good Neighbors Campaign. Photo by Zhiyi Feng.

Be a Good Neighbor

October 15, 2013

Strides have been made to remove the moniker “food desert” from South Los Angeles. Farmers markets have sprouted. Bans against more fast-food restaurants have been implemented. But Garden Gateway Nutrition Project…

University Professor Michael Waterman with Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai who awarded him the People's Republic of China Friendship Award at a ceremony held Sept. 29 in the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square. The award is the Chinese government's highest honor for foreigners. Photo courtesy of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) of China.

Hands Across the Water

October 4, 2013

Michael Waterman, University Professor and USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences, is a 2013 recipient of the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award — the Chinese government’s highest honor for…

A theologian by training, Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been named the UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education. Photo by Kim Fox.

Smith Named UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education

October 3, 2013

Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and adjunct professor of religion, has been named the inaugural holder of the UNESCO Chair on Genocide…